- WE AND OUR VILLAGE
- Village interventions.
- Village - a deeply cultured place
- The inner strength of the village
- The purpose of charity
- Annapurna and Others
- Stories of my children
- Day by day in the village.
- Health in the Village
- Schooling and education
- Enounters with the modern
- Learnings from Narmada
- Learnings Down the Years
- Village stories and philosophy
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Institutes of 'Higher Learning'
I met a JNU professor today, an old friend. I told him, in conversation, that if JNU shut down it was no loss to the country. He was lost for a response to a such a blasphemous statement. He blinked and blinked. And I got away, escaping a wasteful debate
JNU is irrelevent to us. The reality of India is in every local village and town., and the people and youth there. And those who have gone to make their lives there with them. Understanding the local, and crafting the questions and answers therein.
Elite institutes, with profound and radical theories, do not count in my understanding. The reality, localized and grounded counts.
Aparna Krishnan Villages and towns are where all learning should go on. Close all 'temples of higher learning'. Let the children go to farmers and artisans and sculptors and learn. Does it sound too naive ? Or too radical ?
Sanjay Maharishi Yechuri made a telling comment when he spoke in jnu. He said IAS, IFS people sitting in ministries have gone from here. For me these are hardly the pinnacle to aim for. And he said when we were agitating as students we had threatened to burn the building down. I'm not say you should do this, but this what we did. It seems to me these guys have not come out of the univ mode. Yet.